“It took centuries of intellectual, philosophical development to achieve political freedom. It was a long struggle, stretching from Aristotle to John Locke to the Founding Fathers. The system they established was not based on unlimited majority rule, but on its opposite: on individual rights, which were not to be alienated by majority vote or minority plotting. The individual was not left at the mercy of his neighbors or his leaders: the Constitutional system of checks and balances was scientifically devised to protect him from both.” – Ayn Rand
United States Parents Involved in Education (USPIE) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nationwide coalition of state leaders focused on restoring local control of education. USPIE’s Stop Fed Ed campaign has the goal of closing the US Department of Education and ending all federal education mandates.
The parents, teachers, and activists of USPIE are facing a Gates-funded group that actively opposes our efforts to Stop Fed Ed. The Council for a Strong America (CSA), is an organization claiming to “advance research-based solutions that prepare all young people to be productive citizens.” Their members comprise five “pillars of society: law enforcement, the military, business executives, the faith community, and sports leaders,” and they all work together on public policy issues. As you look at their website, CSA seems to be everything we could ask for when it comes to education, but dig a little deeper and you will find it’s all a façade.
CSA is well-funded through contributions and grants. Since 2009, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation alone have granted Council for a Strong America over $10 Million. Nearly $7 Million of these funds “expand evidence-based home visiting programs and educating stakeholders about Common Core, teacher development, and high quality preschool.” Bill Gates funds his vision for public education in America and globally, but his own children attend Lakeside School where students appear to be free from Common Core. Gates is dumping billions of dollars into an agenda that has created an academic decline nationwide and he opts his children out, but parents without resources cannot do the same.
Under the watchful eye of megalomaniac Gates and other funders, CSA is pushing a collectivist agenda. Throughout the CSA website you will find well-worn, collectivist terms such as “college and career readiness,” “equity,” 21st Century careers,” and preparing children for the “global workforce” and “global marketplace.”
ReadyNation is one of the five branches of the council and is comprised of business leaders who are investing in our children so they can secure their future workforce. Business magnates see our children as nothing more than human capital.
Since 2006, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation who partners with the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO), a Common Core architect, have granted CSA over $2 million for “mobilizing business and community leaders to advocate for deeper learning.” “Deeper learning” works by “resetting learning goals and requirements to be results-oriented.” In other words, teach to the test. However, the focal point of the classroom should not be limited to a standardized test. Teachers can better do their job without these limitations and children will thrive when not taught to a test. To improve education we should unleash a teacher’s long-deserved freedom to implement what they have been trained to do rather than limiting their innovations through high-stakes testing.
Another test-based component CSA is implementing is the How Is My Kid Doing? video project that discourages parents from opting their children out of testing and explains why we need standardized tests. On their blog page, a CSA advocate attacks “white stay-at-home mom[s]” saying “Let’s call opt-out what it really is: a luxury, afforded to parents who are blessed with well-funded schools, stable teaching staffs, and some assurance that their privilege will pave the way for their child’s success.” These race baiting tactics, employed by CSA toward parents who opt-out, have been exposed by Jasmine Gripper from the Alliance for Quality Education. Gripper explains the #OptOutSoWhite movement and why parents who opt-out are protesting high-stakes consequences and the strings attached to federal mandates.
This is what we’re up against: millions of dollars in funding and an agenda to abolish individualism and turn America into a collective society by indoctrinating young minds through government schools. With rigorous standardized testing, home-visiting programs, and preparing children for the “global workforce,” The Council for a Strong America is driving forward John Dewey’s radical, utopian vision to change America to a collective society.
USPIE is fighting to preserve individualism and freedom and we need your help. Please go to uspie.org and join the movement to restore local control of education, and to preserve individualism and freedom in America.